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OTRC: Channing Tatum admits to exotic dancer past

Channing Tatum in a still from the 2010 film 'Dear John.' (Screen Gems/Scott Garfield)

Channing Tatum has appeared shirt-less in several roles, but admit this week that he was an exotic dancer in Tampa, Florida in 1999.

"Yeah, yeah, [I] definitely was," Tatum told CNN. "[I] had a crazy life in Florida, man. I've lived a lot of different lives, and I'm not ashamed of 'em."

Tatum used the stage name Chan Crawford and doesn't recommend the occupation to other young actors.

"Would I suggest 'em to people? Probably not," the 30-year-old said. "But it was just one of those things. I've had a bunch of different, incredible experiences that I might have never really escaped, and I'm pretty happy I got nine lives."

Tatum is currently preparing to executive produce and star in the upcoming "21 Jump Street" movie, which comes out in March 2012.

In Tatum's next movie "The Eagle," he stars as a young Roman soldier. The dramatic film opens in theaters on February 11, 2011.

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